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October Colony


Since 2002, Screenwriters Colony has been identifying four feature screenwriters to bring together for the entire month of October to live and work at the picturesque Almanack Arts Colony, perched on the edge of Nantucket’s cranberry bog conservation land. Our October Colony is an all-expense-paid residency in which writers are provided with round-trip transportation to Nantucket, a chef, shared car, bicycles, and private workspace. Selected from a pool of industry-nominated candidates, the four writers-in-residence are granted ample time to generate and refine their work. With the belief that unique visions exist in every genre, and that the most dynamic group is made up of a diversity of voices, the Colony supports writers working in all areas from mainstream to independent to experimental film.

On three weekends throughout the month we bring professional industry members to the Colony to workshop the scripts with each writer. In addition to intensive one-on-one feedback sessions, writers and mentors enjoy an informal and sociable experience over meals and island outings. Mentors are drawn from an ever-expanding pool of accomplished screenwriters, directors, producers, and executives.

Our submission period for the October Colony opens in late March.